While preparing his guys for a quick overnight trip to Providence, R.I., on Wednesday morning, Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall deployed a little psychology.
"Arizona had to fly all the way across the country," he said, in locker room comments televised by TruTV. "We only have to go halfway. We'll be fine."
However, the Shockers weren't scheduled to leave Dayton, Ohio, until 2 a.m Eastern Time, after beating Vanderbilt 70-50 on Tuesday night. That means they probably weren't going to their hotel until at least 4:30 a.m., about 40 hours before they'll face the Wildcats in a first-round game.
But there's also the adrenaline the Shockers might have after that First Four game Tuesday, and the considerable postseason experience they have.
"We're already shifting our minds towards that with a quick turnaround," guard Fred VanVleet said at the postgame interview podium. The goal is to "catch the first flight out of here tonight and head to Rhode Island, get some rest and try to game plan for Arizona tomorrow."
They can sleep in. Not surprisingly, Wichita State was given the last practice time and the last interview sessions on Wednesday's schedule. They won't have their interviews until 6 p.m. ET and won't practice until 6:40 -- and then won't play the Wildcats until about 9:20 p.m. ET on Thursday.
When asked about Arizona after the game, VanVleet said:
"Tough team. Tough team. Arizona is one of the top programs in the country for a long time now. They're a really good team. We were able to catch some of their games this year. They're always late with the West Coast times, but got a huge front line and a couple of young and really talented guards."
Wichita State guard Ron Baker played with UA center Kaleb Tarczewski on USA Basketball's Pan Am Games team, while VanVleet also went to camp but did not make the team.
"He's a good kid, high character guy," Baker said of Tarczewski. "Coach Miller does a good job with his program each and every year, and we're just excited to match up with them."
Here's the rest of the podium comments from Wichita State.
The Wichita State-Vanderbilt box score is attached as a PDF.
The Shockers and Wildcats have three common opponents this season, and the results suggest Arizona might have trouble on Thursday.
The Shockers beat Utah 67-50 in Wichita on Dec. 12.
They also beat Bradley badly twice, and Arizona did so once. The Wildcats split with USC (in the double OT game where Allonzo Trier broke his hand) and lost their only game with Utah (in Salt Lake City).